The Importance Of Mental Health And Social Exclusion

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Register to read the introduction… The changes need to be bad enough to affect how the person functions or to cause distress to them or to other people.’ [Online]

Research supports that there is a definite link between severe mental illness and social exclusion. ‘Mental health problems have been recognised as both a cause and an outcome of social exclusion, which affects aspects of life such as employment, income, housing and access to services.’ (2007)[Online].

The Social Exclusion task force, set up by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, carried out some investigations into the extent of social exclusion in relation to mental health. In 2004 their review of the investigation showed that ‘adults with mental health problems are one of the most excluded groups in society.’ This is the case for several reasons, and manifests itself in other areas of
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Strengths in each virtue group are similar in that they all involve the core virtue, but they are also distinct from it. To be of good character, a person probably has to display one or two strengths within a virtue group. (Carr 2004)

The church has its own Strengths Questionnaire. Seligman’s six virtues and twenty-four character strengths can help pastoral carers to build up strengths and resilience in those they care for enabling them to flourish rather than languish.

Liberation Theology has its roots in the city slums and poverty of Latin America. It is a theology that highlights the power of God, who is found sharing the brokenness of the lives of both individual people as well as communities. Liberation theology is a theology which is concerned more with orthopraxis – living out the struggle – than with orthodoxy – having the right beliefs.

Rebecca Chopp (1997, cited in Woodward & Pattison, 2000, p165) defines liberation theology as: ‘.. a reflection on God’s activity and God’s transforming grace among those who are the victims of modern history.’

Howard J. Clinebell Jr, in Community Mental Health: The Role of Church and Temple says, ‘The goals of research on mental health and the church are … vague and indistinct, mainly because of problems of definition and instrumentation’ (1970)

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